Happy Friday the 13th - The Many Guises of Jason Voorhees

Friday the 13th – Part III (1982)
Picking up exactly where Friday 2 ended, it takes a smarter man than I to figure out what the hell happened here: not only does Jason sprout several inches, but he apparently shaved off his hair – perhaps in an effort to elude the authorities (fooling them into thinking those counselors were killed by that other deformed mongoloid, perhaps?) and decided that his choice overalls were suddenly passé.

It’s why he stops off at the local convenient store, lifting some new pants and a shirt (and why do they fit him? Harold wasn’t exactly his body type) before sulking off to Higgins Haven (just in time to greet a few new arrivals who apparently hadn’t heard about the bloodbath across the lake) where he eventually lands his signature mask. While there was plenty to love about the Country Bumpkin, this is a much more imposing look for Mr. Voorhees. One that’s heightened by the film’s unmasking, which gives us this:

The Many Guises of Jason Voorhees (click for larger image)

In the grand scheme of Jasons, this is among the creepiest. He’s always grinning - like he’s absolutely delighted to be terrorizing our already mentally fragile heroine – and there’s real glee in his eye when he kills. Jason was angrier elsewhere, perhaps scarier elsewhere as well, but there has never been another performance as evil as this! Kudos to Richard Brooker for pulling it off and leaving a lasting mark.

Friday the 13th – The Final Chapter (1984)
After the drastic disregard in continuity between parts 2 and 3, it was nice that Joe Zito’s The Final Chapter could be bothered to maintain stricter continuity with the previous film. In fact Tom Savini’s work on Friday 4 ranks among his best, with a truly frightening Jason design that took everything that came before and ramped it up.

Before talking about the face, let’s look at the mask: battered, bruised, damaged, awesome. The center red chevron is fading, the bloodied axe wound from part 3 looks messy and painful. Best of all? Those thick, long and nasty fingernails. No wonder he’s able to rip Peter Barton’s face off with relative ease … his nails are so disgusting that Coffin Joe might even be appalled. And that’s nothing when compared to the series’ greatest unmasking sequence:

The Many Guises of Jason Voorhees (click for larger image)

It’s the stuff of nightmares. Warped flesh, nasty teeth (complete with a fang or two, unpictured), and another sardonic grin that tells us more about the character than all of the scripts combined. Jason’s a man on a mission. He loves killing and won’t be stopped. And that makes him absolutely terrifying.

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aliensharkboy's picture

I'm not a big fan of Jason, although I did enjoy part 6, 7 and of course FvJ, My favorite jason was in part 7 and I thought in FvJ jason was quite cool, though thinking of it, take away freddy from FvJ and it would be a boring slasher flick... just my opinion.

Submitted by aliensharkboy on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 3:12pm.
The Unknown Murderer's picture

Part 7 features my favorite mongolard, although 6 and 4 are my fave installments. And Jason X is great.

The makeup from the remake...gah! WHAT the HELL?!? Why is his head so...mutated and wide? IF they'd unmasked him for this piece of crap, there would have been at least one scary moment in the entire runtime.

And my theory about the regeneration thing involves the book of the dead from part 9 and Mrs. Voorhees spirit of vengeance unleashed when Alice chopped her head off. But that's just me. It makes me see past the inconsistencies between films.

I Heart Jason.

Submitted by The Unknown Murderer on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 1:51am.

I would rank the looks of Jason as follows:
Final Chapter
Part 3
Part 7
Part 6
And everything else that I don't care for.

Muppet Jason in Part 8 is without a doubt the worst design in the entire series. He even sounded like Kermit when he screamed out in pain. The hock looked badass in that one though.

Submitted by LSD Zombie on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 9:29pm.
James Coker's picture

Love the Article. My Fave looks for Jason have always been part 3(creepy grinning mongoloid look) Part 6 (fulci Zombie Look) and part 9 (nightmarishly "melty" loook). and Im with you on the fact that I like the part 6 Zombie Jason better then the part 7 Zombie Jason, Sorry guys :/

and just for the record my Favorite of the Friday Sequels is always a Tie between Part 4 Final Chapter and Part 6 Jason Lives, theres sooo much good stuff in both of those films that I just can't decide which one is better :)

Submitted by James Coker on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 7:28pm.
moderator Remake Jason looks like he
Steve Barton's picture

Remake Jason looks like he has a pearl onion glued to his face.

Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 5:05pm.
Vanvance1's picture

Great article!

I'll cast my vote for the awesome makeup and design of Jason in part 7. However as movies go Jason X and Freddy vs. Jason both rank far above all the others for pure entertainment value.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 4:07pm.
moderator I fucking LOVE Jason X. It
Steve Barton's picture

I fucking LOVE Jason X. It gets such a bum rap!

Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 7:57pm.
BoyWonder513's picture

I remember when I first saw the trailers for Jason X and I thought I was dreaming, because I had been waiting for a new Friday flick and had never seen one in theaters. It was good to see Hodder don the mask one last time and UberJason was just badass enough to give the 'Jason in Space' concept some weight.

Submitted by BoyWonder513 on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 12:06am.
BoyWonder513's picture

Wow, talk about a giant snub for Jason 7, which is, without question, the best Jason make-up of all of the films. Not even a nod to the fact that it marks Kane Hodder's first appearance as Jason, adding so much more to the character than merely make-up. Fantastic article otherwise, but I just can't help but be disappointed with the two lines spit out for Jason 7.

Submitted by BoyWonder513 on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 12:31pm.
moderator Well since I get grilled for
Steve Barton's picture

Well since I get grilled for everything just short of being blamed for famine, AIDS, rap and country music ... Yes! Yes, Matt ... Why the short write up for seven?

I fuck you back!

Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 7:56pm.
Matt Serafini's picture

I'm not really sure.

In hindsight I suppose I should've mentioned Kane's performance, as stated.

It was an oversight on my part, but I have no real reason for doing so.

Submitted by Matt Serafini on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 12:33pm.
BoyWonder513's picture

It's cool, just remember that if it happens again I fuck you back!

Submitted by BoyWonder513 on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 5:17pm.
MagusMaleficus's picture

If you need an explanation for the missing wounds and returned left eye in Jason X, I guess you could go with the regenerative tissue thing Cronenberg's character mentions early in the film (just before he gets snuffed).

Submitted by MagusMaleficus on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 11:52am.
moderator I just had an epiphany.
Steve Barton's picture

I just had an epiphany. Technically speaking, Freddy vs. Jason, is a direct sequel to Jason Goes to Hell, as that's where Freddy Delivers him from. Right or am I just musing?

Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 1:55am.
Shambling_in_Bandages's picture

It's taken you how many years to figure that one out, Uncle C.?! Blimey. :p

Submitted by Shambling_in_Ba... on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 7:48am.
moderator I'm still kind of blocking
Steve Barton's picture

I'm still kind of blocking FVJ. I'm not too keen on anything in that movie except for the fight scenes.

Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 5:04pm.
Rottenjesus's picture

Dude, after you've suffered through two horrible remakes that didn't even get the respective monsters right. FvsJ is like a breath of fresh air. It's miles better than the utter fucking shit Platinum Dunes squeezed out from between their uninspired, flabby buttcheeks.

It's more enjoyable to watch than sitting through the crapfest of AvP and AvP 2: DARKNESS FALLS combined.

Submitted by Rottenjesus on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 12:53am.
BoyWonder513's picture

I can't really say anything in defense of the Jason parts, everything other than the Bed kill is just kind of boring. But at least they gave Englund one last hoorah as Freddy before handing the franchise to Platinum Fucking Dunes.

Submitted by BoyWonder513 on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 12:10am.
Genrewriter's picture

I think that's fairly spot-on, actually.

Submitted by Genrewriter on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 3:23am.
Rottenjesus's picture

I think you're right there. The connection is played up even more in the comic book sequel FREDDY vs JASON vs ASH. Which would've been an awesome movie for us horror fans but it would've bombed at the box office.

FvsJ is a lot of fun and I appreciate it a lot more than I did upon it's initial release.

Submitted by Rottenjesus on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 2:37am.
Genrewriter's picture

My faves are the looks from parts 4, 7 and 2. The one from Final Friday was cool looking but due to the nature of the plot,l we don'[t see nearly enough of it.

Submitted by Genrewriter on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 12:43am.
MonsterMash's picture

I always dug the Part 3 and Part 7 looks. They're great.

Submitted by MonsterMash on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 12:00am.
moderator The look for Part 8 with the
Steve Barton's picture

The look for Part 8 with the giant Flintstone teeth ... it's just not okay.

Submitted by Steve Barton on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:57pm.
Genrewriter's picture

I'll say, I never liked that version of the makeup and now that I've been able to look at it even closer, I like it even less.

Submitted by Genrewriter on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 12:44am.

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